Car Owners: It is Important To Rotate Your Tires Regularly

After I bought my first car, I have to admit that I never knew the importance of tire rotation. I learned my lesson the hard way when the tread of my front tires wore down very quickly, while my back tires were still in great shape. I thought that the traction of the back two would make up for the front two. I learned I was very wrong one day when I slammed on my breaks while driving in the rain. I rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. Thankfully, no one was injured. However, I learned that if I had rotated my tires regularly, I could have avoided that accident. I know there are many new car owners who don't know much about cars, which have since became a passion of mine, so I decided to create a blog to share all my tips to help others!

Get It Fixed Or Get Used To It? What To Do With Cosmetic Dents In Your Truck

Automotive Blog

If your truck is showing some cosmetic wear and tear in the form of dents, you may be wondering whether it is worth getting them repaired. The answer can be different for each situation, but this article was written to give you a few simple guidelines to help you decide which answer works best for your truck. Keep reading to learn when to get it fixed and when to get used to it.

Get it Fixed

If the dents just make you miserable to look at, get it fixed. This is especially true if you plan to keep the truck for a long time. If you're unhappy with the appearance of your truck, you may even treat it less cautiously than you otherwise would, and this could cause more damage.

Another situation where you should repair cosmetic dents is when they are in very noticeable places on a newer vehicle. For example, your brand new truck hood may have numerous small dents from a hail storm. This type of denting can really mar the look of an otherwise pristine vehicle.

Finally, you should get truck dents fixed if your truck repair provider tells you that it's a quick and easy fix. A quick and easy repair usually equates with an inexpensive one, so it just makes sense to do the repair as long as it's not costly.

Leave it Alone

There are several circumstances when it may make more sense for you to leave your truck dents alone. One of the main reasons that you might not want to repair dents is when they are so small as to be barely noticeable. When the dents are actually just tiny dings in out-of-the-way spots, you may find that it is not worth the financial investment to get truck repair for something so small. In fact, since trucks have that "rough and tumble" image, a few little dents are not unexpected or particularly out of the ordinary. Therefore, a few little dents may not be much of a visual downgrade on a truck, where they might make a more negative impact with a car.

Another situation when you might not want to repair dents is when your vehicle falls into one of the following categories:

  • Very old
  • Very high mileage
  • Already has numerous major cosmetic issues
  • Has serious mechanical problems

All of the above situations have a dramatic impact on the resale value of your vehicle. Adding in a problem like denting, whether it is major or minor, may not really cause too much additional depreciation.

When evaluating the current value of your vehicle with dents, remember to enter the condition as "fair" for minor dents and "poor" for bigger cosmetic dents, especially if combined with other issues. You can then look at the value of your car in excellent or good condition. If the value difference is not at least the amount you'd pay for dent repair, it may simply not be cost effective to get the dents removed.

Now you know whether it's best to get truck dents repaired or to leave them as is. Naturally, your own desires and instincts should play into this as well, but you can use the guidelines above to help you know what to do.


21 May 2015